Photo courtesy of Ros de Vries
Sailing Science Center News
June 2020
Vol. 3, No. 10
Welcome to the June issue of the Sailing Science Center News! Our theme this month is Planning and Preparation . We think planning and preparation are crucial to success, but there can be a downside as well. See some other takes on planning and preparation in this months Leadership Corner .

Keep reading for exciting updates from the SSC!
When opportunity comes it's too late to prepare.

John Wooden
Volunteer Spotlight - Laila Dounas
Laila Dounas
Our June spotlight is on Laila Dounas. Laila continues our series of talented, young individuals who were born outside of the U.S. Laila was born in Fez, the capital city of Morocco, and grew up speaking both French and Arabic. She has an older sister in Irvine and a younger brother who lives in France. Her parents are of Berber and Arab descent and still live in Morocco. She is close to her parents and says she speaks to them weekly.

Did we say talented? Yes, and intelligent too. The top student in her high school, Laila won a scholarship to Chimie Paristech in Paris, where she earned her master’s degree in chemistry (Diplome d'Ingenieur). Although she loved Paris and had some of her closest friends there, Laila was passionate about solar energy and seized an internship offer at a photovoltaic startup in San Jose. She intended to leave after 6 months, but there was this guy… And that changed the course of her plans, keeping her in beautiful, sunny California.
Apple Logo blending to Waymo Logo
After working at a couple of startups, Laila moved to Apple, where she spent nearly five years, first as an Apple Watch Product Quality Engineer, then on a research project in the Hardware Technologies group. Her next move was to Waymo, the self-driving car subsidiary of Google-parent, Alphabet. That is where the rubber meets the road for Laila and the SSC.
Scenes from Fez, where Laila grew up.
Laila is a Manufacturing Operations Manager in the Waymo Supply Chain organization. This gives her day-to-day experience managing through their famous system of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). OKRs were pioneered by Andy Grove at Intel during the 1970s and 1980s. The system was adopted by Google at their inception and was said by Google co-founder Larry Page to “…have helped lead us to 10x growth, many times over.” Now, Laila is helping us to implement this system at the SSC as a member of our Strategic Planning Team. We could not be more excited!
But wait! What about sailing? Laila says she always loved the water. Fez is nearly 200 km from the ocean, but there was a pool where she lived, and she loved to swim. In college she swam laps to clear her head and re-energize herself. Her first experiences on sailboats were with Apple co-workers, but in 2019 she joined the Social Sailing program on Treasure Island, and that is where we met.

Says Laila, “The Ocean is my happy place. :) While still a beginner at it, surfing is my new favorite hobby. I also really enjoy dancing, biking, hiking, cooking, paddle boarding, yoga and just recently developed an interest for sailing. :)“
Map of Morocco with a Pin on Fez

Fez is the capital of Morocco.
We leave with her favorite quote, from Maya Angelou:

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

We are with you 100% on that Laila! It is great to have you on the team!
May Volunteer Event
Virtual Regatta - The COVID Cup

May's Volunteer Event was the COVID Cup, organized by SSC volunteer Ros de Vries and raced Friday nights from our homes using the Virtual Regatta platform. The racing has been fun and competitive, with up to eight racers showing up at the starting line. Racing activities have been followed by shelter-in-place socializing in the Google virtual clubhouse, with mixology lessons from Ros. The Virtual Regatta simulation is impressively accurate, with puffs, lulls and wind shifts, as well as penalties assessed for rules infractions.
Photo Caption Contest
Person in a neon leopard suit wearing a PFD and looking at the San Francisco City Front from the deck of a sailboat.
Photo courtesy of Ros de Vries

Send your entry to with Photo Caption Contest as the subject line. A winner and runner-up will be announced in the July newsletter. Extra consideration will be given to entries involving science.
Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.

Alexander Graham Bell
In the News
Olivier Lauzeral Joins the SSC Board of Directors
Olivier Lauzeral
We are very pleased to welcome Olivier Lauzeral, not only as one of our newer volunteers, but also as a member of the SSC Board of Directors .

Fellow board member and professional recruiter, Meagan Strout, found Olivier through a LinkedIn search targeted at sailors with business development experience and contacts in the industry. Olivier proved to be just the person we were looking for, and as a new board member he has hit the ground running, er... we mean hit the water with a splash.

We will have more about Olivier in a future issue, but for now we want to greet him with a hearty Welcome Aboard!

First Employee of the SSC
Mina Matsumoto
On May 12 the SSC Board of Directors voted to hire Mina Matsumoto for a 13-week summer internship. Mina (pronounced Meena) is starting her third week with us as this newsletter goes to publication. So far we are ecstatically happy. Mina has just finished her second year in a four-year JD/MBA program at Cal, from which you would rightly guess that she's sharp as a tack. And when Mina responded on her Intake Questionnaire that she was good at Microsoft Excel, we knew she was our kind of intern. Her first assignments have been to help us with legal and compliance matters, and to get us set up in Salesforce. We want to give a very warm welcome to Mina!
First Child of the SSC!
Birth Announcement
On April 28, Charlie and Emma Deist announced the birth of their daughter, Clare Elizabeth Deist.

For the past year Charlie has been supporting the SSC with social media postings and management. Daughter Clare is the first child born to an SSC volunteer, giving her a special status in our organization.

We look forward to watching Clare grow, and to the day when she makes her first visit to the Sailing Science Center.

Congratulations to Charlie and Emma! We are very happy for you.
Fire at Pier 45
The Fire at Pier 45
A massive four-alarm fire broke out on San Francisco's Pier 45 just after 4:00 am on Saturday May 23. The fire endangered the historic Liberty Ship, SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and the World War II submarine, USS Pampanito, which were berthed there. The O'Brien and Pampanito are both properties of the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park Association , an organization the SSC is seeking to partner with. We were glad to hear that the two vessels survived unharmed, but damage to the pier and its structures will impact access to the vessels for some time to come.
Dig your well before you are thirsty.

Harvey Mackay
This Month's Newsletter Banner
Planning and preparation are critical for success in sailing, even for a short day sail. The importance of these activities increases commensurately for an ocean crossing or a longer cruise.

The same is true in business, and really, in every meaningful endeavor.
Photo courtesy of Ros de Vries
Wanted for the SSC

Do you have photos you would like to share? The SSC is looking for great shots to use on our newsletter banner and elsewhere. Photographer attribution will be given.

Apps Script Developers
The SSC is looking for a Google Apps Script developer interested in writing automation macros for our internal systems. If you have experience in C++, Java or Java Script you're most of the way there.

Salesforce Developers
The SSC is setting up on Salesforce as its new Contact Relationship Management (CRM) tool. As with any business, we are customizing it to meet our unique needs. Give us a shout if you are proficient in Salesforce and want to get involved in the SSC.

Email your inquiries to .
Social Media Corner
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Get Social With Us...
Sail away with us - Virtually!

Feel like you've been battened down for a while? For an instant lift, follow us on Facebook , Instagram , LinkedIn and Twitter . We will be sharing volunteer photos, leadership lessons and our love of the sea - so why not sail away with us?

Join us for Virtual Regatta, every Friday @ 5:45pm PT!  All welcome, it's a lot of fun and yes, it's free to play!  See details on Facebook.

Got something to share with our community? Email us at .
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Small Stuff
Man scanning the horizon with binoculars
On the Horizon
As we look forward to a re-opening of American business, the SSC is preparing to ease in with proper protective practices and social distancing. We will be running a limited in-person volunteer event in June and will be evaluating other events as we proceed.

Stay tuned!
Move the Needle!
These are things YOU can do to move the SSC vision forward:

Make a difference. Move the needle!
Leadership Corner - Planning & Preparation
Elaborate, long-range planning, is one of the abilities that distinguishes people from other animals. We have all heard the importance of planning, whether in running a marketing campaign or planning a wedding. So why, then, do we resist it? The answer, quite simply, is that it requires effort.

That's all for this month.


Jim Hancock
President and Founder
The San Francisco Sailing Science Center is a Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation recognized under IRS Section 501(c)(3), Tax ID 82-3631165. Your donation to the Sailing Science Center is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.




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